New rules take all the fun out of work

In the wake of #MeToo, Netflix has released a new set of rules governing how its workers interact during filming. For the most part, they seem fairly obvious to anyone who isn’t a creep. The problem is that if you are a creep, you probably won’t even realise they are aimed at you. They include rules [...]

Thanks, Gaybo, for revealing the real meaning of life

When Gay Byrne spoke to Ray D’Arcy this week about the TV show, ‘Once More With Feeling: The Meaning of Life’, which aired last night, we all perked up a little bit, and listened. Perhaps because of his reticence in expressing his opinions over the years, Gaybo has been conferred, as he ages, with an almost [...]

2018-05-31T18:10:01+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sexist call of the hour / day / week

An oldie but a goodie A colleague reminded me of this one earlier. Dan is definitely the most outrageous, unapologetic, unreformed sexist we've had on the show. Ever. I think the research team saved him for me deliberately... he reckons women shouldn't be allowed on golf courses because their husbands will get no dinner. Listen back [...]

2018-12-01T09:54:18+00:00 April 5th, 2016|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

DELL-egating

I do some work for Women Mean Business, which has recently moved online. Recently I interviewed Niamh Townsend of DELL Ireland. Her description of their policies on women who return from maternity leave was very thought-provoking... they allow women to take a step back, to change roles sideways, or to re-engage fully and continue their careers. [...]

2018-12-01T09:56:34+00:00 March 18th, 2015|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , |

Artificial intelligence

As some readers may know, I've been appearing regularly on this season's RTE Today show, filmed right here in Cork, with a segment called 'The F Word'. F for feminism, that is. It's been great fun, and it's an interesting way to approach issues that face all of us. Economic and social gender inequality affects both men and [...]

2018-12-01T09:57:18+00:00 December 9th, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , |

Workplace fashion disasters

  We’ve all been there. The skirt that split halfway through the working day. The blouse you only realised was see-through when colleagues fidgeted when addressing you. The boots you finally twigged weren’t a pair when a client kept their eyes to the floor for the entire way meeting. Even in workplaces without a formal dress [...]

2018-01-09T16:24:00+00:00 October 31st, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , |

Women and work… and Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar TD at a Fine Gael press conference during the 2011 General Election Campaign. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A straw poll of friends and colleagues a recently revealed that many of the women I know are the primary – or the only – breadwinners in their families. The recession has caused a huge amount [...]